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Give Locally to Help People in Need in Eastern Bergen County

November 22, 2019

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The Community Chest gives youngsters an opportunity to learn dance through its grant award to The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC.  Photo Credit: Bergen Performing Arts Center

(Eastern Bergen County, New Jersey; November 21, 2019) — During the holiday giving season, The Community Chest asks its neighbors to give locally.  With increased need identified in eastern Bergen County, The Chest’s 2019-2020 Annual Campaign is raising funds for 25 nonprofit agencies and programs that help people in the area.  For 86 years, the organization has led initiatives and supported nonprofits to make local communities stronger and benefit people in the area.

The Chest supports area nonprofit organizations addressing a range of issues, including health and mental health, hunger, arts programming, the environment, and volunteerism for approximately 50,000 people.  Twenty-five agencies delivering social, cultural, recreational, and educational services to local residents in need of all ages received grant awards in 2019.

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The Community Chest supports programs at Bergen Family Center that helps neighbors in need in eastern Bergen County.  Photo Credit: Bergen Family Center

When people give locally to The Chest, they are also supporting several community-wide projects the organization operates in eastern Bergen County.  These projects include the Partnership for Healthy Eating, the Women’s Leadership Breakfast and Scholarship, the Professional Development Series, and the Annual Community Summit.  Instilling a new generation about the importance of philanthropy is also undertaken through several projects such as the Caring Kids Club to teach children about community service and charitable giving.

“This season, we encourage the public to consider their neighbors in need in the area and give locally.  The public’s support is critical to our ability to respond to increasing critical needs, which exceed our capacity.  Working together we can meet these needs and continue to strengthen our community,” said Dr. Shelly Wimpfheimer, Executive Director, The Community Chest.

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Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them in competitive grants to nonprofit agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  Coordinating and planning services are also provided in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.  The organization’s Board of Managers implements a thorough process of screening, research, and monitoring to assure the funds raised are directed to the most worthy programs and the areas of greatest need.

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Children learn about charitable giving through the Caring Kids Club program.  Photo Credit: YWCA of Northern New Jersey


The public can help meet the increased need for services.  Contributions of any size may be made by check to The Community Chest, located at 122 South Van Brunt Street, 2nd Floor, Englewood, NJ 07631.  Donations may be made online on the organization’s web site at www.thecommunitychestebc.org/.  Donations are tax-deductible, as permitted by law.  For information, call 201-568-7474 or contact shelly@communitychestofenglewood.org.

About The Community Chest

Founded in 1933, The Community Chest, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, has supported local not-for-profit agencies for 86 years.  The Chest leads initiatives and supports nonprofits that make our communities stronger and benefit people in need in eastern Bergen County.  Each year, The Chest raises funds and allocates them to agencies demonstrating the capacity to provide services to local citizens.  The organization also provides coordinating and planning services in its communities, serving as a bridge between agencies and organizations and investing in the stability and quality of the service network.

The Community Chest’s Board of Managers is comprised of community leaders dedicated to improving the lives of neighbors in need.  People interested in being considered for board membership may contact executive director Shelly Wimpfheimer at (201) 568-7474.

For further information about The Chest, visit www.thecommunitychestebc.org/ or contact (201) 568-7474.  Stay updated about the organization’s activities on Facebook and Twitter.

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